Americans can be compassionate with Syrian refugees while still expecting our politicians to keep us safe.
Terrorists can declare victory not when they take over our nation, which will not happen, but when they provoke us to change the nature of our democratic societies into something that resembles a... Read more »
Fear does strange things to people. What happened to our admiration for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's call to courage: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"? Read more »
A striking example of acting on pure whim is the Assembly of State Legislatures meeting at the Utah Capitol this week. The ignorance facet of this assembly is that it seems to think it has... Read more »
Lois M. Collins: Be careful when picking enemies — if the qualifications are too broad, you'll be alone
My girls, older teens, are reeling from news of the murders in Beirut and Paris. They see the potential for new tragedies piling on top of the atrocities that have already occurred. They don't just... Read more »
One of the most interesting and uncovered stories these days is the survival of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — the giant housing entities created by the government and known collectively as the... Read more »
As careful as we should be in drawing lessons from tragedy — there is something particularly disgraceful in mounting a political soapbox at a funeral — the horrors experienced in Paris... Read more »
A lighthearted look at news of the day. SeaWorld in San Diego decided to let Shamu go last week. Times are tough, especially for large mammals looking for work. Have you ever tried to buy a... Read more »
Death is a natural process, and since the dawn of humanity, people have been dying at home. But where do homeless people go to die? The shelters are not equipped to deal with the end of life. Read more »
John Hoffmire: U.S. schools should follow Utah's lead in teaching financial literacy in the classroom
How do college students behave financially and plan for the future? Are college students’ financial planning skills getting better over time? Those are the questions that Money Matters on... Read more »
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Discord between conservatives, 'liberal media' on national spotlight
Conservative Republicans and the "liberal media" have long been antagonists. But the presidential campaign and the performance of moderators at Republican debates have thrust this matter into... Read more »
In addition to giving students a set of transferable skills, science education standards help students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds have a better chance to build better lives. Read more »
A new caucus has come to town. The Martha Caucus, named after Martha Hughes Cannon, is made up of current and former women legislators who came together to work on issues important to all of us. Read more »
Writing — writing by hand or writing by typing — opens us to new reflections and fresh observations that cannot be accessed any other way. This can also happen when we take ourselves... Read more »
The 1 percent versus the 99 percent? The federal government versus the rest of us? As best I can tell, the country’s true main division is between the 30 percent who are thriving and the rest... Read more »
Beneath the veneer of Salt Lake City’s shiny buildings and newly painted bike paths are the forgotten among us who suffer from life’s blows. The greatest medicine is to give them hope... Read more »
Supporters of full Medicaid expansion in Utah have presented it as a take-it-or-leave-it-proposition. But it is not. There is another way — a more fiscally responsible and flexible way. Read more »
Utah citizens and their representatives in the Legislature recognize the importance of education and that it must be improved and funded adequately. Read more »
The fourth Republican presidential debate was, by most accounts, a bit of a snoozer. But in a good way. There was less interpersonal conflict, more substantive discussion of economic policy. Donald... Read more »
Tuesday night did not radically alter the trajectory of the Republican race. But it will hasten the winnowing of the field. If you narrow the viewfinder, the debate stage shrinks from eight to six... Read more »
Under civil asset forfeiture laws, no conviction is needed. In fact, police don’t even need a charge. And victims have to endure long and costly court proceedings to get their property back. Read more »
On Tuesday night, eight Republican presidential hopefuls took the stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the fourth of 11 presidential debates. For once, candidates sparred on the issues, rather than... Read more »
One way we can honor service members, veterans and their families this year is by asking Congress to save key provisions of federal tax credits that help veteran and military families make ends meet. Read more »
At least one Bush, patriarch George H.W. Bush, has been singing his heart out with author Jon Meacham, whose biography of the 41st president will soon be released. Read more »
In a world where instant gratification is considered ideal, should we have to wait two weeks to hear election results? Read more »
While we can all rejoice this Veterans Day that the steady flow of U.S. casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan has slowed to a trickle, we must never forget the incredible sacrifice America’s... Read more »
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Government is not going to be on the minds of many Americans when they contemplate tomorrow what they are thankful for. And that is to be expected. But, whether they are grateful or not, it will be... Read more »
Christmas season is just around the corner, with Utahns expected to top their estimated $1.5 billion in holiday spending from last year. Corporate lobbyists are already circling Washington, D.C.,... Read more »
Americans can be compassionate with Syrian refugees while still expecting our politicians to find ways to keep out those who would harm us. Read more »
The growing education-to-employment gap is a source of frustration for students and employers alike. Getting employers involved in project-based learning in real-world situations — much like... Read more »
There are Republican presidential hopefuls who have vigorously opposed each of Donald Trump's proposals, arguments and stereotypes. But Trump has set the terms of the primary debate and dragged it... Read more »
A lighthearted look at news of the day. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the Republican race for president last week. Read more »
In the last few years, innovative “pay for success” programs are transforming the way in which government develops and implements policy in various places around the country, including... Read more »
Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, so promiscuously and on so many fronts. The most egregious examples come from campuses and Congress. Read more »
Recent events have shown the cracks in the foundation of the Affordable Care Act — the larger system of which Medicaid expansion is just a part. Read more »
We need to stop this latest folly of UTA and Mountain Accord now, before it wastes even more time and taxpayer money. Read more »
But the question we need to ask ourselves is, “For whom is Utah the best managed state?” As a business owner, I would say Utah is pro-business and focuses a great deal of attention on... Read more »
It’s Thanksgiving week, so the temptation is, of course, to expose political turkeys. Instead, we offer thoughts, even praise, regarding some Utah politicians. Read more »
The horrific massacre in Paris reminds us of the Achilles' heel of American foreign policy. The battlefield has been selected by our enemies, and it's what makes today's predicament so disorienting. Read more »
We learned this week that Jackie Biskupski will be the next mayor of Salt Lake City. In an election that was hard fought and hard earned, Mayor-elect Biskupski shared an inclusive vision that... Read more »
The professions are top-heavy with baby boomers, many of whom won’t retire. Consequently, many of the high-paying, high-impact jobs are not turning over to the up-and-comers. Read more »
One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next? The pace and threat of terror seem to have picked up, each incident feeding on the previous. But then, how do... Read more »
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